That cold, unwelcoming feeling that envelops you when you walk into your plain Jane apartment doesn’t have to be the norm. Even a compact studio can transform into a cozy abode that truly feels like home when you make some key changes that reflect your personality and unique interests. Infusing your living space with those elements that are firmly in tune with what you love — and what brings you joy — will immediately give your apartment a fresh lease on life. Here are six ways to give your space the homey touch you crave.
1. Give Your Space Purpose
Think of your apartment as a blank canvas. Your task is to transform those blank walls and empty spaces from sterile to welcoming. Once you begin to view the space as more than just a place to sleep and heat up a meal, you’ll discover its innumerable possibilities — no matter the size of the apartment. In a larger space, it’s simpler to allocate purpose to the kitchen, living room, dining area, and bedroom. But in a studio, you’ll need to address the space from a different standpoint. Consider where a reading nook would be most appropriate, how you can design a space for guests to sit, and where you can create a divide that separates your bed from the rest of the area.
2. Select the Right Paint
A splash of fresh paint can make all the difference to your apartment’s style. After confirming with your landlord that it’s fine to color the walls, delve into your options. If the space is especially small, opt for a light color to create an illusion of a larger room and give it a more open feel. You might add a mural to a single wall if you want to give the apartment some extra personality.
3. Invest in Timeless Furniture
You might be renting your place, but that doesn’t mean your furniture has to be cheap and poorly made. Take the time to invest in well-made, beautifully designed pieces that will move with you through the years. An elegant coffee table, for example, is a smart investment that you’ll use whether you live in an apartment or a home. Small accent tables make excellent alternatives to larger pieces and provide you with the same functional space without cluttering up the apartment.
4. Add a Custom Scent
Scents have long been associated with nostalgic memories
that take you back to happier times. Think about the fragrances that truly make you feel warm and cozy inside. Maybe it’s the soft vanilla that reminds you of mom’s baked goods, or a crisp aquatic hue that’s reminiscent of a treasured beach vacation. Concocting a custom scent for your Dimensions diffuser
will make it possible to inhale those meaningful scents every day, providing you with the relaxation and serenity you daydream about as you head home.
5. Focus on Task Lighting
What’s any space without the right lighting? A dearth of lighting can take away from any home’s comfort and coziness! Brightening your apartment is an easy way to give it a more welcoming feel. Make sure that you light it up with tasking in mind. Illuminate the entryway so that you aren’t bathed in darkness the moment you set foot in the door. If you have a kitchen island that doubles as a dining space, brighten it with overhead spotlights. Highlight your workspace and add LED lights to the living room.
6. Make the Space Personal
The easiest step of all is to make your design special and personal. Give every room the “you” treatment to ensure that it truly feels like home. Framed photographs on the wall or perched on a mantle instantly make bleak spaces feel serene. A blanket that mom or grandma knitted on the couch will keep you doubly warm on chilly nights. The framed artwork dad gave you on your birthday will serve as a forever reminder of your special bond. Customization sets the tone for an apartment that you’ll always appreciate.